Athletics: Sinking feeling for Sin Mei

PETALING JAYA: National women's triple jumper Ngew Sin Mei has been ruled out of the Asian Track and Field Championships, which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 1-4. 

Sin Mei, who has broken the national triple jump record seven times, has a stress fracture on her right ankle. 

The KL lass, also the holder of the national long jump record, was expected to be one of the athletes to deliver a medal for Malaysia in the Asian meet. 

“The pain on my ankle was unbearable during training last week. During the hop before making the jump, that was when it hurt the most,” said the 21-year-old Sin Mei. 

DOWN AND OUT: Ngew Sin Mei Has been told to rest her fractured ankle and skip the Asian Track and Field meet in South Korea next month.

“I went for a check up with the doctors at the National Sports Institute (NSI) and the test results showed there was a slight fracture on my right ankle.” 

Sin Mei, who last extended the triple jump record with a 13.74m effort in the Malaysian Open in September last year, added: “It's not very serious. But I have been advised not to compete in the ATF. 

“It's a big blow because the ATF is one of the major competitions for me this year.  

“I had looked forward to win a medal in South Korea.” 

Now, Sin Mei will have to look at the Manila SEA Games in November. 

The triple jump silver medallist at the last Games in Vietnam in 2003 said: “It could be a blessing in disguise. I can now concentrate fully on doing well in Manila. 

“I have been resting for the past one week. I am recovering well and should be able to resume training in a couple of weeks' time,” said Sin Mei, whose national long jump record of 6.26m was set at the Malaysian Open last year. 

“I am hoping to strike gold in the Manila SEA Games.” 

THE MALAYSIAN SQUAD FOR ATF Men: Robani Hassan (110m hurdles), M. Vadivellan (1,500m), Syahrul Amri Suhaimi (long jump), Ahmad Firdaus Salim (triple jump), Teh Weng Chang (pole vault), Lee Hup Wei, Amad Najwan Aqra and Syed Zamiluddin Syed Ahmad (high jump). 

Women: Roslinda Samsu (pole vault), Tong Song Hwa, Siti Shahida Abdullah (hammer), Yuan Yu Fang (walk) and Noraseela Khalid (400m hurdles). 

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